Coping With Anxiety Attacks
Investigate The Root Problem Without Attaching To It
Why would we want to attach to the cause of our problems when whatever it is causes us so much pain and suffering? Precisely because of our tendency to attach to suffering. Anxiety is usually grounded in something that has happened to us or is happening. Within the furious flood of anxious thoughts which might seem excessive and unnecessary is great wisdom. Anxiety takes off with one trigger. Due to the flurry of anxious thinking it is hard to find a starting point. Mindfully allow each anxious thought to pass and dig through the layers to find what the root cause might have been. Without attachment or judgment, look for the wisdom in that root cause. Working mindfully with this new information, you can make changes for handling that trigger in the future.
Surround Yourself With Sangha And Support
Sangha means ‘community’. Refuge Recovery believes sangha to be a critical and necessary component in treatment as well as individual recovery programs. Some days, anxiety is hard to manage. Turning to the strength of sangha, seek guidance and wisdom from your community, your treatment peers, and your professionally trained treatment staff.
Use Visualization Tools
Anxiety is a demonstration of a vivid and vast imagination. Looking objectively at the stream of consciousness coming from anxiety paints a rather remarkable picture. Putting that power to positive use can help reframe the process of overthinking.
Embrace The Anxiety
In the midst of a string of anxiety attacks, the last thing you might feel inspired to do is lovingly embracing your anxiety. Anxiety attacks are exhausting. Experiencing one after another can leave you desirous of a break from your own brain. Seeing your anxiety as something separate, it becomes different from you and a part of you labeled as “bad”. Attaching to the desire to be a different way, other than the way you are right now, you start to suffer. You get angry, you feel self-conscious, you try to avoid the anxiety or control it. Rather than create more anxious aggression, meet yourself with gentle self-compassion.
Refuge Recovery offers mindfulness based practices in addition to evidence based treatment methods to bring clients a compassionate set of practical life skills. Founded in Buddhism, Refuge provides a spiritual path for men and women seeking transformational healing from drug and alcohol addiction. For more information, call or text us today at 323-207-0276.